Update 20H2 to 21H2

Copper Contributor


we run two AVD hosts with win20h2. Both were deployed from the official azure image "Windows 10 Enterprise multi-session, version 20H2".

Now we would like to upgrade to 21H2. Can I only run the update within the VM as it was a normal client? Or are there other things to consider?


2 Replies

You can indeed update as it were a normal client, however I would not recommend this.

With Azure Virtual Desktop it's better to manage the hosts using image management instead. Personally, I would create a new image using 21H2, add on your customsiations and then either delete and recreate your existing hosts, or depoy 2 new hosts using the new image, and then decomission the old ones when you are happy they are working.

In-place upgrades always tend to bring their own issues in AVD/Multi-session environments!

You can read more here - https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/troubleshoot/azure/virtual-machines/in-place-system-upgrade
This video from Dean Cefola explains the creation of an image very good.
Or check Ciraltos channel with also lot of videos about image management.